Email is not just a way to communicate … to send and receive messages. Email can and should be a tool for collaborating. A tool that places your communication within the context of your relationship with the senders and recipients. A tool that makes it easier to move from sending/receiving to sharing.
Over the next two weeks, Google is rolling out the People Widget across Google Apps platforms. The widget highlights content and communications from colleagues, friends, and family, placing your communications within a broader context.
The widget, which will appear next to your inbox provides context for the sender of each email. More than seeing who the sender is, the People Widget lists any recent email conversations and joint calendar events. It also provides on-click access to chat, initiate a new email conversation, schedule a meeting, or update the sender’s information.
For more information, visit the Official Gmail Blog.